03/02/15 5:30pm

Winter Storm titan - March 3, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Winter Weather Advisories are normally issued in advance of a storm when travel conditions are expected to worsen.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM EST
TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS…THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREAS AND
NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1 INCH…ALONG WITH
AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TIMING…TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED. TRAVELLING WILL BE
DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

03/02/15 5:16pm

sharknado

This is an update to this post and this post.

As readers know, the B-movie franchise ‘Sharknado‘ will be filming its third installment in Washington, D.C. for release in July 2015. Click this link to read who’s been added to the list of cast members for the annual TV movie event.

Who would you like to see make a cameo and get eaten in Washington, D.C.? Do you think Alexandria, Virginia will play a part in the movie? Discuss below!

03/02/15 3:51pm

SecretServiceWH
Sounds like there’s still an issue with security at the White House even after promising to fix what’s broke with security.

Via AP

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says one man was apprehended Sunday night outside the south side of the White House after he climbed over a bike rack that serves as an outer security perimeter. Leary reports the man was charged with unlawful entry.

The second incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. EST Monday at a north side entrance to the White House. Leary says that as construction workers departed, an individual tried to get in though the open gate. Leary says that man was detained and arrested after a physical confrontation.

03/02/15 3:03pm

mt jefferson park

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, to review and provide input on a draft park plan and plan alternatives for the section of Mount Jefferson Park & Greenway between Raymond Ave. and Route 1.

The City is working in conjunction with the Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor planning process to develop a plan for that section of the park. A copy of the draft plan and plan alternatives is available at this link.

For additional information and submit ideas if unable to attend, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator, or 703.746.5493.

03/02/15 10:35am
Hampton Mansion

Hampton Mansion by Cait Vaughn, on Flickr

Join John H. Sprinkle Jr., PhD, for an animated discussion on the Hampton Mansion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Morrison House Hotel, located at 116 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Located outside Baltimore, Hampton was the late eighteenth-century home of Maryland’s Ridgely family. In addition to its association with the establishment of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of its claims to fame is that Hampton was the first property federally designated as nationally significant only for its architectural qualities. The story of Hampton’s recognition involves the collaboration of Fiske Kimball and David Finley, who believed that part of their mission as museum curators was to expand the patriotic goals of the historic preservation movement to include the official and academic recognition of the intrinsic value of American architecture as beautiful works of art. Their work to identify, evaluate, and collect a representative sample of American art paralleled the National Park Service’s mandate (beginning in 1935) to inventory, document, and recognize a comprehensive register of nationally significant historic places.

Dr. Sprinkle serves as a historian with the National Park Service in Washington, DC. This presentation is based on Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and Historic Preservation published in 2014 by Routledge.

The Morrison House Presents, a salon-styled discussion series is sponsored by the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Morrison House Hotel.

For more events around the Alexandria, Virginia area, click this link.

03/02/15 5:40am

bus+snow


Via ACPS

Kindergarten through grade 12 and Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) students report two hours later than regular opening time. Morning pre-K programs (Early Childhood Special Education and Preschoolers Learning Together) report two hours later than regular opening time, and dismissed one hour later than usual. Afternoon pre-K reports one hour later than regular opening time and is dismissed at the regular time. Non-administrative licensed staff, paraprofessionals and hall monitors report as soon as possible but no later than 20 minutes before the announced opening of school. All other staff report at regular time. Bus drivers/bus monitors report two hours later than regular time.

03/01/15 11:31am

Owly Image
The National Weather Service has upgraded the previously issued Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning through 3:00 AM on Monday, March 2.

A warning is issued when a winter storm is occurring or is about to occur in the area, usually within 36 hours. Generally, a Winter Storm Warning is issued when accumulation of ice or snow is happening or going to happen.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS…WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA…CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO AN INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET. 1 TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET NEAR THE MASON-DIXON LINE. ICE
ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH.

* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN 11
AM AND 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCRETION FROM FROM
FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
PRECIPITATION WILL END THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED THROUGH TONIGHT.
TRAVELLING WILL BE DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…SOUTH AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…RISING THROUGH THE 20S THIS AFTERNOON.
TEMPERATURES WILL RISE INTO THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING…AND
REMAIN NEARLY STEADY OVERNIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR
IMPOSSIBLE.